Confirmed: The details as Arsenal announce Alex Runarsson’s departure

Arsenal have announced the loan departure of a fourth first-team player, with goalkeeper Alex Runarsson joining Alanyaspor for the season.

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The 27-year-old joined the Gunners as one of Mikel Arteta’s signings back in the summer of 2020 following a switch from Dijon for just over £1.5m.

Since then, Runarsson has made just six appearances for the first team with game time limited to just the cup competitions and one showing in the Premier League as a substitute.

An Icelandic international, Runarsson was handed a lifeline last season and joined OH Leuven, a Belgian side where he picked up 20 appearances as a regular.

But following the signing of Matt Turner and promotion of Karl Hein to the Gunners senior squad, Arsenal have been trying to find a solution for Runarsson.

And whilst it’s been reported for a while that Runarsson was in talks with Alanyaspor, we now know that it will definitely just be a straight loan with no option or obligation to buy.

I very much doubt we will see a future for him in a red and white shirt so the main thing this move will do is open up a space in the squad and reduce the wage bill slightly.

Alanyaspor are currently unbeaten in the Turkish Super Lig having started the season with one win and a draw as they look to challenge for Europa League qualification.

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